Cardiothoracic Resident Training Program
Surgical training traditionally has been based on an apprenticeship model, with the predominance of technical training in the operating room. However, the operating room may no longer be the ideal location for early surgical training because of ethical concerns, time constraints in the operating room, changes in resident work hours requiring more structured training, and more difficult procedures in higher risk patients. Further, training by supervised operating with attending staff provides little opportunity for practice and reflection and may not be appropriate with more advanced and complex procedures. Based on these concerns, the Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center focuses on providing needed training and practice outside the operating room.